Collins competed in the 100 meters semi-final heat on Sunday and after getting a good start pulled up and hobbled his way towards the finish line in a time of 11.98 seconds not qualifying for the finals. He was at the time leading the pack and with only about another 10m to go before injury interrupted his home soil triumph.
Fans at the Silver Jubilee Stadium gave out a collective groan when the 36 year old sprinter showed signs of pain moments before giving up, no doubt electing to be cautious, recognizing that the Olympics are only months away. But fans, many who have never seen him perform since he became the world champion in 2003, were saddened but understanding.
Reports following the race suggested that after getting such a good start, Collins felt a minor injury and took precautionary measures to ensure that he had done no major damage.
Track and field supporters here in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis may have another opportunity to see Collins perform in St. Kitts, once he is selected in the squad to represent St. Kitts and Nevis, in the 2nd biennial OECS championship to be held at the Silver Jubilee stadium on Sunday 10th June.
Collins has already qualified for the 2012 London Olympics and it is left to be seen if he would be a part of the squad selected to represent the federation at the games.
The 100m was eventually won by Antoine Adams who ran an Olympic A standard qualifying time of 10.10 seconds.